Our human needs are hard-wired into our neurology. We all have them and we can’t escape them. To have them fulfilled creates fulfilment, happiness, engagement and high performance. To not have them fulfilled creates stress, disengagement and poor performance.
Almost all of the business corporations I’ve worked with are challenged to find the balance between getting results and the well-being of their human capital or staff. They are so focused on external results that their leadership has not learned the science of performance from a health perspective.
I was working with a golfer in Sweden on his mental game. He had a habit of being very critical of himself while playing. If he played a “bad shot,” he would really punish and berate himself. So we discussed the results of that and if it was helping him play better golf—and he agreed that it wasn’t.